Louisa Scarr Canelo Crime

Canelo Crime to publish five crime fiction novels from Louisa Scarr.

Publishing Director Louise Cullen has acquired World English Language rights to a new police procedural series by Louisa Scarr from Ed Wilson at Johnson & Alcock Literary Agency in a five-book deal. 

The series opens with Last Place You Look, in which DS Robin Butler and his new partner, DC Freya West, look into the death of a local man. What appears to be a case of misadventure is revealed to be far more complex – especially when West realises she is intimately acquainted with the victim. As the lies mount up and there’s a chance of a murderer going unpunished, the only way to get justice is for Butler and West to risk trusting one another with their darkest secrets. 

Scarr has plans for four further novels for publication up to 2023, in which Butler and West will be bound together by the events of book one. This is the first major new series to be signed to the recently established Canelo Crime imprint, which launched in September. 

Louisa Scarr has written several acclaimed novels under a different name, and works as a freelance copywriter and editor. 

Louise Cullen says: ‘A key objective of the Canelo Crime launch was to add brilliant new talents to the list. I have no doubt that Louisa’s novel is going to grab readers in the way it did me. It is one of the best series openers I’ve come across, and Butler and West won’t be forgotten in a hurry. We are thrilled to be working with Louisa and Ed.’

Louisa Scarr says: ‘The ideas for these books have been buzzing in my head for a while, so I am thrilled to be writing them with Louise Cullen and Canelo at the helm. It promises to be an exciting time for Butler and West, and I can’t wait to see what life has in store for them both.’

Ed Wilson says: ‘I've been a big fan of Canelo from day one, and I couldn’t think of a better home for the incomparable Louisa Scarr and her Butler and West series. It’s a match made in crime heaven.’

Last Place You Look will be published in April 2021, in ebook and mass market paperback. For more information please contact publicity@canelo.co